If this administration truly wanted to punish China for its numerous human rights abuses then it would stop doing business with them.
Plain and simple.
Stop letting them send upwards of 30% of their student population here for schooling. Stop letting Chinese investors buy land, property, and other financial investments in The United States….
While we are at it, stop allowing our electrical grid to be vulnerable to attacks from China….
To make this slap on the wrist even less than a slap, and more of a tap, our U.S. team is still going to compete, but diplomatic officials will not be there in attendance.
Here’s more on the story:
China has been engaged in threatening and oppressive behavior, highlighted by its actions in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and the disappearance of Peng Shuai.
The Administration is right to announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.https://t.co/6KXW8yd2T8
— Rep. John Curtis (@RepJohnCurtis) December 6, 2021
Senior U.S. diplomats will not attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The boycott is in protest of China’s human rights record — but American athletes will still compete. https://t.co/ta68OUVgyu pic.twitter.com/YQntgAAL5R
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) December 7, 2021
The Associated Press had more on this recent development:
“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the PRC’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” Psaki told reporters during Monday’s briefing.
“We have a fundamental commitment to promoting human rights. And we feel strongly in our position and we will continue to take actions to advance human rights in China and beyond,” Psaki added.
— Campaign For Uyghurs (@CUyghurs) December 7, 2021
UPDATED: China fumes, Uyghurs cheers, EU shrugs about U.S. diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics https://t.co/kQdDT6YvRO
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) December 7, 2021
NTD News reports that some U.S. lawmakers are calling for more stringent boycotts:
Some Republicans—including Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Rep. Mike Gallagher (Wis.), and Rep. Carlos Gimenez (Fla.)—said the Biden administration should opt for a full boycott instead, meaning that U.S. athletes would also not participate in the games.
“Authoritarian regimes have a long history of using the Olympics to whitewash human rights abuses, and the U.S. should do everything in its power to prevent the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] from pocketing this massive propaganda victory,” Gallagher said in a statement.